Zoning Appeal Instructions to Appellants

If there are any inquiries in regard to the Zoning Hearing Board Appeal or the filing of forms, please feel free to contact the zoning officer, located in the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building at 710 Washington Road, at (412) 343-3475.

  1. Notice of Appeal
    1. Applications for a Special Exception or variance or any Appeal to the Zoning Chapter of Ordinance #2636 may be taken to the Zoning Hearing Board by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, or board of the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon affected by any decision by any officer or officers charged with the enforcement of this Ordinance by whatever title known. The appellant or Applicant shall file his or her application or Notice of Appeal on the enclosed special forms provided within 30 days after the decision of the Zoning Officer or other officer.
    2. Read carefully all instructions on the Notice of Appeal Forms and fill in the required information in duplicate (two copies), only one of which is necessary to have notarized. If more space is required for any questions to be answered, kindly attach a separate sheet to each copy and make specific reference to the question being answered.
  2. Fees
    A fee of $175 for cases involving residential properties up to 1-4 dwelling units and $500 for all other properties shall be paid to Mt. Lebanon, PA, upon the filing of each application or appeal, for the purpose of the defraying expenses incidental to the proceedings. Checks should be made payable to Mt. Lebanon, PA. Receipt for payment may be given in person or may accompany notification of hearing by certified mail.

  3. Plot Plans & Architectural Drawings

    In cases involving a new structure or an addition to an existing structure, applicant or appellant will be required to furnish four (4) plot plans or surveys as set forth in #2636, Chapter II, Buildings, which are to be drawn to scale showing all open spaces required by this Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance, all existing structures and physical improvements and the location and dimensions of the proposed structure (if any) or addition to structure (if any) for which the permit is sought. Plot plans must be prepared by the Registered Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, or Registered Surveyor for the erection of all new structures. Also in cases involving any repairs, additions or alterations, whether inside or outside of the building, or when a new structure is constructed, applicant or appellant is to furnish two (2) complete sets of drawings of the structure showing all essential parts and members.

    Upon approval of plan and specifications, one set of plans so marked will be returned to the applicant or appellant and must be kept at the building site and shall be accessible at all times to the Building Inspectors, Police Officers, of the municipality. No change in any set of plans will be permitted without notification in writing to and approved by the Building Inspector.

  4. Building Permit Applications
    Fill in required information in duplicate (two copies). These must be signed by the owner as such on the front of the application as well as affiant when being notarized. Only one application needs to be notarized.

  5. Certificate of Occupancy Applications
    1. This application is necessary only for previously nonexistent inhabitable areas to be constructed, such as an entirely new dwelling of any kind; a new addition to an existing dwelling; a porch enclosure addition created to form an integral part of an existing dwelling; a private garage integral or detached; a swimming pool enclosure or bathhouse, etc.
    2. Fill in required information in duplicate (two copies). Form must be signed by owner and notarized as affiant on front of application. Only one copy needs to be notarized.

  6. Summary of Requirements
    1. Payment of one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175) for cases involving 1-4 dwelling units, five hundred ($500) for all other cases.
    2. Two (2) copies of notices of appeal, one (1) to be notarized.
    3. Two (2) copies of building permit application, to be signed, one (1) to be notarized.
    4. Two (2) copies of Certificate of Occupancy applications to be signed, only one (1) to be notarized.
    5. Four (4) copies of plot plans or surveys.
  7. Note
    Under the Provisions of Ordinance #2636, Chapter XX, Zoning, the parties in interest shall be notified of the decision of the Zoning Hearing Board within 45 days of the date of the hearing. Appellants or Applicants are requested not to contact the members of the Board prior to the hearing date or after that date until a decision of the Board has been reached. A notice will be given in writing of the hearing date and a decision in writing following the hearing. In the event of approval by the Zoning Hearing Board, unless otherwise specified by the Board, a special exception, variance, or conditional use authorized by the Board shall be perpetual. After a building permit has been issued, construction must start within six months following date of issue, otherwise the building permit may be automatically revoked by the Building Inspector. In the event of delay, such as extreme weather conditions or otherwise, an extension may be requested by the Appellant or Applicant.